On May 2, Dominican University of California advised U.S. News that it had misreported data to U.S. News on the number of applications it received for the fall 2011 entering class.
The school also misreported the same application count data to other data collectors, including the U.S. Department of Education, the College Board, Peterson's and The Princeton Review.
Dominican University of California has provided U.S. News with new data it is reporting as correct. As a result, the number of applications for the fall 2011 entering class is now 2,357 versus the 3,093 as originally reported to U.S. News. The school's number of applications was used by U.S. News to calculate the fall 2011 acceptance rate.
The corrected acceptance rate is now 70.5 percent versus the 53.7 percent as first reported to U.S. News, a 16.8 percentage point difference. Dominican University of California told U.S. News that no other data were misreported.
The incorrect data were used by U.S. News to compute Dominican University of California's rank in the Regional Universities (West) category in the 2013 edition of Best Colleges, published last September. In the rankings methodology, the acceptance rate has a weight of 1.5 percent.
However, the difference between Dominican University of California's misreported data and newly reported data wasn't significant enough to affect the school's numerical rank. Therefore, based on our calculations, Dominican University of California's published numerical rank is correct and will not change.
U.S. News has replaced the misreported school data at usnews.com and in the U.S. News College Compass tool with the new data reported as correct by the school for the fall 2011 entering class, where such data were provided by the school.
U.S. News will continue to handle each instance of data misreporting on a case-by-case basis.